Dustin Jacoby had nerves he wasn’t used to before Da Un Jung fight


ELMONT, NY — Dustin Jacoby has had a lot of fights between MMA and kickboxing, so when he had some nerves ahead of his UFC bout on ABC 3, it might have seemed odd.

With an eight-fight unbeaten streak since returning to MMA after a foray into kickboxing, including a 5-0-1 in the UFC, he took a step up in competition on Saturday. Jacoby (18-5-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) rose to the occasion with a first-round knockout of Da-un Jung (15-3-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who got him his first UFC post-fight bonus, to boot.

Jung had not lost a fight since his third professional bout nearly seven years ago in his home country of South Korea. In the UFC, he had a 4-0-1 start with three finishes before coming up against Jacob’s fist.

“They had offered Jung, and I knew it would be a tough test,” Jacoby told MMA Junkie during his post-fight press conference. “I knew he was solid, he had this long unbeaten streak and he was worth it. I just told myself that I had to defend my place.

“To jump into the top 15 and fight that fight first – it’s pretty risky. I had more nerves than usual in this fight, but I’m such a veteran that I knew they were going to work in my favor. The guy who worked in my area, who was part of the commission, he said to me after the fact: “I have one word for you: sangfroid. He’s like, ‘Ever since I saw you come in, you’ve been completely calm.’ I felt cool and calm and collected and went out there and did my thing. I knew it was going to be a great day.

Jacoby lost two UFC fights in 2011-2012 and found himself outside the promotion. In 2020, one fight after his return to MMA, he found his way back to Dana White’s Contender series.

He’s 6-0-1 in the UFC with three knockout wins since returning, and now with near certainty Jacoby can look forward to stronger tests at light heavyweight.

Check out Jacoby’s full post-fight interview in the video above.

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